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Lake Solitude Trail Hike

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Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • Trail to Lake Solitude.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Hiking through the aspens to Lake Solitude.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Hiking through the aspens to Lake Solitude.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Hiking through the aspens to Lake Solitude.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Hiking through the aspens to Lake Solitude.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Giant red paintbrush is abundant along the trail.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • The trail runs under the lift for Solitude ski resort.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • The trail runs under the lift for Solitude ski resort.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • The trail runs under the lift for Solitude ski resort.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Tons of wildflowers can be seen on this trail in the summer months.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Once you cross the ski slopes, the trail winds its way up through the woods.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • More wildflowers. - Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Views of the ski resort from the trail.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • The trail to Lake Solitude.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Lake Solitude.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Lake Solitude.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Wildflowers line the lake in the summer months. - Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Lake Solitude.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • Lake Solitude Trail.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • A small cave to explore along the lake.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • The trail to the lake is steep in sections and covered in roots.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • More aspens. - Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • The lower trail from Lake Solitude to Twin Lakes.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
  • The lower trail from Lake Solitude to Twin Lakes.- Lake Solitude Trail Hike
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Pros: 
Short hike through a ski resort. Beautiful aspen trees and wildflowers.
Cons: 
Can be crowded.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
290.00 ft (88.39 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.00 mi (4.83 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,750.00 ft (2,667.00 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The trail to Solitude Lake starts at the Silver Lake Visitor Center at the base of Brighton Ski Resort. You'll follow the boardwalk off to the right to gain the quickest access to the trail, though the loop to the left is beautiful and not all that much longer. 

The trail for Lake Solitude is clearly marked and slowly climbs its way up the ski slope through a beautiful aspen forests. Even though others before you have carved various words or symbols into the aspen's bark, please refrain from doing so. This is an easy hike that will pass under the chairlift and bring you to the lake in about 1.5 miles.

The lake makes for a great lunch spot and is ideal for wildlife viewing. If you take a short stroll around the lake on the left, you'll come across a small cave on the left side of the trail. 

The trail is accessible May through October. Visit in July or August for a brilliant display of wildflowers. You can either come back the way you came or follow the trail around the lake to Twin Lakes Pass, down to Twin Lakes, and back to Silver Lake from there. 

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